Personal injuries can be devasting to deal with mentally, physically and financially. The last thing anyone wants is to be devastated yet again by a negligent personal injury lawyer. To assist you in selecting the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case, here are five questions you should ask.
Have you tried any personal injury cases like mine before?
It’s not safe to assume that a personal injury lawyer has tried a case like yours before. For every potential lawyer you interview, you should ask them about their experience and results. For example, if your accident has to do with a car accident, you might not want to work with an attorney who has focused primarily on slip and fall accidents or workers compensation cases.
How much time can you devote to my case?
Your case is likely not the only one your personal injury lawyer will be working on. It’s important to know that your attorney is able to devote the appropriate time needed for your case and they haven’t taken on more than they can handle. In addition to this, you should ask when your case will be filed so you have a timeline and knowledge of how long the process is going to take.
What’s your success rate at trial and do you think my case will go to trial?
If a lawyer tells you early on your case is going to settle, beware. In order to give your case the full attention it needs, your personal injury lawyer should treat every case like it’s going to trial and prepare your case as if it will be tried before a jury. This will help ensure you can enter settlement negotiations with as much evidence as possible and that you’ll receive the best settlement possible. If your case does go to trial, you’ll want to make sure your lawyer has won a case before a jury.
Who will handle my case?
For some law offices, the person you meet with initially is not the attorney that will be handling your case. Be sure to ask the who will handle the various aspects of your case, who will be your contact and who you can expect to speak to when you have questions about your case. If less experienced associates will be assisting with your case, ask who will be supervising them during this time.
What is my role in my lawsuit?
Personal injury lawsuits are complicated affairs that require the full cooperation of the plaintiff. Early on, you and your attorney should fully understand your role as an active participant in your case. Your personal injury lawyer should thoroughly investigate your case and have a team of talented specialists to help reconstruct the scene, contact your doctors and have other professionals on hand to analyze the incident. However, they need you to remain in contact with them, follow their instructions and participate as directed in order for all of this to work. For someone who has suffered a great deal, this may seem like a hassle. But knowing from the start the level of attention your personal injury lawyer will provide you and your role in the case will be crucial in picking the right one given your unique circumstances.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact Cardillo Keith Bonaquist today. Since 1975, our personal injury attorneys in Naples have provided effective legal counsel to clients injured by other people’s negligence and/or misconduct. As a result, we have decades of experience in this complicated arena of law, coupled with a long track record of success. Using our vast legal experience and an in-depth understanding of personal injury law, we will provide you with strong case strategy aimed at helping you get the financial resources you need and deserve.